KNOW HERE: Profile of Hydeia Tyson- Nevis Youth Impact 12 Awardee

Department of Youth of Nevis outlined the profile of Hydeia Tyson, who is a Youth Impact 12 Awardee in the Category of extraordinary youth in agriculture.  

KNOW HERE: Profile of Hydeia Tyson- Nevis Youth Impact 12 Awardee
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Nevis: Department of Youth of Nevis outlined the profile of Hydeia Tyson, who is a Youth Impact 12 Awardee in the Category of extraordinary youth in agriculture.  

“Believing in yourself is the first secret to success” is the personal motto of Hydeia Tyson. Everyone may have asked how a pageant girl suddenly wanted to venture into agriculture, but it was always in her blood. Raised by her great-grandmother, harvesting cotton and green beans and raising animals were activities she partook in as a child. 

Hydeia always had a love for sciences and wanted to become a gynaecologist after graduating from Nevis Sixth Form College. She worked for one year and during that time, her diet changed to a more plant based one. However, during that journey, she found it difficult to obtain fresh organic fruits and vegetables, which made her realise we lacked the basic needs for healthy food consumption on the island. 

After realizing the need for sustainable agriculture production and having a science-based background, she changed her career choice and decided to further her studies to learn about agriculture, as she never studied agriculture at the secondary level.

Hydeia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomic Engineering at EARTH University, Costa Rica, in 2021. She speaks fluent Spanish due to a 4-year program and a six-month intense Spanish course at the said university. As a leader of change, EARTH University’s mission is to prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development and to construct a prosperous and just society. 

She has learned many skills and knows the importance of sustainable development, not only for the present moment but for our future generations and the planet. Tyson has earned herself well since returning home from university. She currently works at the Department of Agriculture as a Senior Agricultural Officer. She was also awarded in 2022 by the Ministry of Gender Affairs on Women International Women’s Day for Women in Sustainable Agriculture. 

Hydeia was also a presenter at the Agri-Preneur Workshop 2022 hosted by the Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture. She presented about the importance and benefits of youths and women in agriculture. After graduating one year ago, Hydeia has completed other agricultural-related trainings about sustainability and climate change hosted by IICA- Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and FAO- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Nevis and overseas. 

She has shown the public the importance and benefits of agriculture by having her very own organic backyard garden and creating educational videos, project, plans and speeches for members around the island. Hydeia was nominated out of 90 applicants to participate in a seed-funded grant by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

 She completed a 12-week course with 20 other Caribbean members to compete for a 10 000 USD seed funding to initiate her own sustainable business and will be graduating from the course on May 3rd, 2023. The business goal is to have her very own vermicompost (organic fertilizer) thereby farmers can have accessibility to quality and cheap organic fertilizer for crop production on the island of Nevis.

She is always ready to share her knowledge and skills with many to help us continue the path of sustainable development through agriculture and to also learn from the experience farmers on the island.